Business Operations

Utilities & Energy Services’ Business Operations is responsible for tracking the metering, billing, and reporting of campus’ energy usage in the Energy Billing System (EBS) maintaining the eDNA – a robust real-time data historian. The EBS provides facility and college business managers with monthly energy and water consumption and cost information. The EBS allows departments to view and evaluate the impact of changes in building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) programming, including time-based calculations for building-to-building comparisons on energy usage.

Building Electricity Cost


Business Operations uses the F&S Illini Energy Dashboard, which displays real-time energy data on electrical, chilled water, and steam consumption rates to occupants of selected university buildings. The Energy Dashboard promotes sustainability by emphasizing energy usage accountability.

Prairieland Energy, Inc. (PEI), is an Illinois corporation founded in 1996 that is solely owned by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (BOT) and functions as a university-related organization. PEI’s primary mission is to provide energy commodities that support the reliable provision of energy services to the University of Illinois campuses while achieving an effective balance of cost efficiency, acceptable price volatility, and desired budget certainly. PEI provides electric, steam, and chilled water utility service to residential and commercial customers in non-university building on University of Illinois property.

Business Operations also tracks the university’s yearly-approved utility rates and provides financials for all UES budgets and utility commodity rate setting, including analysis of related capital projects.